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Old February 24th, 2017, 06:30 PM   #1
 
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Single Six in .17 HMR or .22 Mag

Out of curiosity, I've been researching a single six in either .22 Mag or .17 HMR. Do any of you folks own a pistol in either of these calibers? What are your thoughts? I have a feeling that one of these two guns maybe on the short list of my next acquisition, so your thoughts / feelings / ideas are more than welcome.

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.17 HMR

.22 Mag




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Have you thought about the Single Six "convertible" that comes with both a 22lr and 22 mag cylinder? That's the one I own. One reason I decided on it was that I already had a Savage 22 mag bolt action rifle and Ruger 10/22. The convertible model I feel offers a lot more versatility in that you are able to chamber for 22 short, 22 long, 22lr, and 22 mag.

Both calibers you're looking at though are very similar. The 22 mag has a heavier harder hitting bullet. but the 17 hmr is faster and has a more flatter trajectory.
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Got to agree with RG here! More ammo options available with a .22 convertible.
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Got to agree with RG here! More ammo options available with a .22 convertible.
Truth to tell, I am more interested in the .17 hmr, but I wouldn't be opposed to a 22 wmr. I'm not really interested in the .22 lr, in all honesty.
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IMO, The 22 mag can do EVERYTHING BETTER than the 17 hmr.

Around here the 17 has pretty much gone by the wayside. They were a passing fad that has slipped into obscurity.
But as long as they make 22 LR caliber,, 22 mag will be around.

Been using 22 mag for everything from hunting to putting down pigs and cattle for butcher for 40 plus years. MORE ammo choices, Better penetration than a .38, will go through kevlar, and will hit pop cans @ 250 yards with the right rifle. With a good rest, my single six convertable 6.5 bbl will hit a 6 inch square target @ 150 yards. I seriously doubt a 17 will do any of that.

Just my 3 cents,, Good luck.
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IMO, The 22 mag can do EVERYTHING BETTER than the 17 hmr.

Around here the 17 has pretty much gone by the wayside. They were a passing fad that has slipped into obscurity.
But as long as they make 22 LR caliber,, 22 mag will be around.

Been using 22 mag for everything from hunting to putting down pigs and cattle for butcher for 40 plus years. MORE ammo choices, Better penetration than a .38, will go through kevlar, and will hit pop cans @ 250 yards with the right rifle. With a good rest, my single six convertable 6.5 bbl will hit a 6 inch square target @ 150 yards. I seriously doubt a 17 will do any of that.

Just my 3 cents,, Good luck.
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IMO, The 22 mag can do EVERYTHING BETTER than the 17 hmr.

Around here the 17 has pretty much gone by the wayside. They were a passing fad that has slipped into obscurity.
But as long as they make 22 LR caliber,, 22 mag will be around.

Though I agree with your other points, the above is just plain false as a generality. But I do think the OP would lose more of what the .17 HMR is good for with a pistol than with the .22. I own the Savage .17 BVSS and it has about made all of my other rifles useless on my farm.
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Though I agree with your other points, the above is just plain false as a generality. But I do think the OP would lose more of what the .17 HMR is good for with a pistol than with the .22. I own the Savage .17 BVSS and it has about made all of my other rifles useless on my farm.
The only negative that I hold against the .17 is it's susceptibility to wind. My brother owns a rifle in .17 hmr and swears by it on a nice day. When it gets windy, like we often see here along the Colorado Front Range, he says he swears AT the .17.

Now, I'm not looking for a rifle, I'm wanting a six shooter that I can plink with, and the .17 intrigues me in that regard. Still, though, I do like the ballistics of a .22 Mag, so I'm kind of sitting on the fence.
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The only negative that I hold against the .17 is it's susceptibility to wind. My brother owns a rifle in .17 hmr and swears by it on a nice day. When it gets windy, like we often see here along the Colorado Front Range, he says he swears AT the .17.

Now, I'm not looking for a rifle, I'm wanting a six shooter that I can plink with, and the .17 intrigues me in that regard. Still, though, I do like the ballistics of a .22 Mag, so I'm kind of sitting on the fence.
I personally dont use the 22 lr in my convertable, but my wife & daughter in law sure enjoy it on range days. That was actually a big reason they got to enjoy shooting. I started them on 22 lr, stepped up to 22 mag, By then they were pretty comfortable shooting. Now they bang away with their 9mm autos no problem.
So it was a cheap training tool when they were rookie shooters.

I dont know if they make birdshot in 17 hmr, but Ive never seen it here.
I use 22 mag birdshot all the time close around the house shooting starlings.
It will kill them out to about 20 yards in a 6.5 bbl.

I guess it all depends on what all you want to do with it.
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Given that the 17HMR is one cartridge I've shot only in our CZ and not in the Single Six, I have been watching this thread with interest, hoping to also get feedback from some that actually have the SS in 17 HMR. Hopefully, that will be forthcoming. Hang in there, Lonnie.
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The .17 susceptibility to wind is a very real detriment, even from a handgun.

The Convertible 22 LR/22 Mag gives you so many more options.

Both 17 and 22 mag are expensive ammo, but the 22 mag has a new option these days. Manufacturers are again producing the formerly obsolete 22 WRF. If you have a store that stocks it, it's usually priced lower than 22 mag but with almost similar performance.

Can also get it on-line. And if you have an old Winchester 1890 chambered in 22 WRF, your handy old pump gun is back in business.
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I have both the .22 mag and the .17 in 6.5 inch Single Sixes. I use both for plinking and small game. Both guns are very accurate and just plain fun to shoot. I also have rifles in both calibers. About a year ago both kinds of ammo were getting in short supply around here. I started finding .17 on Gunbroker was more plentiful and cheaper in price. I bought a couple thousand rounds of Hornady .17 HMR, so I began to shoot the .17 much more than the .22 mag. Other than price and availability of ammo in your area, there isn't a lot of difference in the two as far as plinking fun goes. The best advantage of having one of these is it will make you a better single action shooter with the larger calibers.
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I have both the .22 mag and the .17 in 6.5 inch Single Sixes. I use both for plinking and small game. Both guns are very accurate and just plain fun to shoot. I also have rifles in both calibers. About a year ago both kinds of ammo were getting in short supply around here. I started finding .17 on Gunbroker was more plentiful and cheaper in price. I bought a couple thousand rounds of Hornady .17 HMR, so I began to shoot the .17 much more than the .22 mag. Other than price and availability of ammo in your area, there isn't a lot of difference in the two as far as plinking fun goes. The best advantage of having one of these is it will make you a better single action shooter with the larger calibers.
Yes! This is what I was looking for! There has been a lot of good intel in this thread that has given me a cause to pause and ponder, but what I was really hoping for was something like a side-by-side comparison! Thanks, SJ!
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Single Six in .17 HMR or .22 Mag

I have both the convertible model in SS from the early 80s & last year got the 17. I use all 3 calibers for plinking & all are really accurate. I don't think you would go wrong with either one.


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convertible 22 mag or 22 lr. I enjoy shooting 22 magnum and that is what I would always shoot, but a $2.50 box of lr is a lot of fun. The magnum cylinder is in a the moment. Keep 22 magnum for home protection. the single six is an awesome revolver. Simple well made at easy to shoot.
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